Tuesday, February 21, 2012
International Cabaret Artiste Extraordinaire TM and former child-star Shirley Temple Bar is a Irish national treasure. And like many of their greatest national treasures, she was originally found in a ditch before she was scrubbed up and put on proud display. Her first public showing was as a contestant at the Alternative Miss Ireland in 1997. She stole the show and the crown, and a couple of handbags, before setting off on the road to stardom. Shortly after her win, Shirley established her Sunday night Bingo in The George and over 700 shows later she’s still calling the balls. Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar is the original, longest-running and best-known show on the Irish gay scene. Entering its fifteenth year, the show has made The George the place to be on Sundays for generations of gays and thousands of people from all around the world have seen it. Shirley also moonlighted as a TV presenter for the National Lottery game show Telly Bingo on RTE1 for four years. Despite the lure of fame and fortune, Shirley kept up her Sunday show in The George. It’s her spiritual home and childhood playground. There is no show like it.
And the handsome man behing Shirley, Declan Buckley.